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May be a repeat - Vista Home Prem upgrade to Win7 Home Prem

by josephfuentes / August 4, 2009 4:25 PM PDT

Can I upgrade my Vista Home Prem with NO Service Packs (none!) to Win 7 Home Prem or is Vista Home Prem with SP1 a prerequisite? Do I need to have SP1 installed first?

Hope this is not a repeat question .

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Not sure.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 4, 2009 10:19 PM PDT
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Good question

I haven't seen this question before, but worst case scenario is that you have to download it right before you upgrade.

Again, may I ask why you don't have any SPs?

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Its a good idea to install
by orlbuckeye / August 5, 2009 2:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Good question

Service pack upgrades because they usually include fixes. Vista is up to SP2. I asked the same question but used SP2 instead of 1. I would install at least SP1 on Vista since it's been out for a few years. I would do this regardless of my intentions to upgrade to Windows 7.
I upgraded my Vista to SP2 just to stay current.

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I'm almost betting the SP1 may be required.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2009 1:15 AM PDT
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Reason why no SP1-Vista to Win7 Upgrade
by josephfuentes / August 5, 2009 6:17 AM PDT

Several people have asked why I am asking about migrating Vista w/no SPs to Win7. Valid question. Here's why...

I am going to swap out my main drive from a 7200rpm to 10,000rpm. Rather than doing a ghosting and carrying with me all the baggage from my current install- my Vista is up to SP2 like everyone else - I want to do a fresh install on my 10K rpm disk and avoid copying over corrupt registries, hidden malware etc. I have the recovery CD from HP along with all necessary drivers. Therefore it would be so much easier for me to install original Vista and go straight to Win7 than to go through the heartbreaking and tedious process of going from 'virgin' to several updates then SP1 (remember all that?).

It's just a matter of shortening the migration. If there are any suggestions out there I am more than welcome to hear them!

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Why don't you just install Windows 7 clean?
by orlbuckeye / August 6, 2009 2:46 AM PDT

If you install Vista it will go out and do Windows updates and it will require you to get to a certain point before WIndows 7 upgrade will work (like after installing SP1). I had that happen when I installed the Beta. I did a clean install of Vista and Windows 7 wouldn't install still after SP1. A little note it took a punch of updates to get to the point that SP1 would install.

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If your worried about drivers if you do a clean install
by orlbuckeye / August 6, 2009 2:53 AM PDT

Well the machine I did a clean install is a Sager thats 4.5 years old. It found and installed the correct graphics card and basically the only thing i had to get the driver myself for was the realtek sound drivers.

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